Sloppiness or neo-Nazi plot? Over 60,000 rounds disappeared from German Army stocks over 10 years, govt papers say
Added 07-17-20 10:37:01am EST - “Tens of thousands of ammunition rounds have vanished from German military arsenals since 2010. The revelation comes amid reports that a violent far-right underground faction has taken root in the army's elite commando unit.” - Rt.com
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More than 60,000 live cartridges of “varying calibers” have disappeared during the past 10 years, Die Welt reported on Friday, citing the government’s confidential response to requests filed by German lawmakers.
The total number of rounds unaccounted for is actually far bigger and stands at roughly 96,000 – of which only 36,000 were subsequently found, the newspaper said. In over 100 cases, both police and the military itself failed to establish where the ammunition could have ended up.
There are fears, however, that a “militant right-wing network” could have developed under the radar of security authorities and spread in the ranks.
The figures given for the missing ammunition are only an “approximation” as there is no nationwide record of weapons and ammunition losses in Germany. For instance, the ammunition bookkeeping at KSK – the army’s secretive special forces unit comparable to the British SAS or the American Green Berets – was all but “sloppy,” the paper said.
The German Defense Ministry has pledged to hold a thorough inquiry into the lost ammunition. “Sloppiness will be stopped, every case of diversion will be reported and the public prosecutor’s office will be called in,” a military spokesperson told DPA news agency.
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